Watermelon Lemonade

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Summer is quickly coming to an end, and though I'm very ready for cooler weather, falling leaves, and the nutmeg and pumpkin scents of autumn, I will miss some of my favorite parts of summer. Watermelon is definitely sitting high atop that list. I found a cool recipe on another cooking blog for Watermelon Lemonade, and I had to try it!

I had another adventure trying to find something in my local commissary. I don't blame the store, I'm sure its hard to keep an overseas commissary stocked with everything people could possibly want, but man, it just stinks sometimes when you can't find what you want! I saw watermelon the other day, and I almost bought it, but for some crazy reason I decided against it. That night I kept thinking about it and thats when I found the lemonade recipe. The next day - fresh out of watermelon! The closest Army base didn't have any, so I went out in town and bought one. You can see the selection in the picture above - isn't the netting-thing such a neat idea? I thought it looked like it should go under a Christmas Tree! It makes it easier to carry, especially since so many people here walk and ride trains. Anywho, I bought my watermelon and Thing Two decided he wanted to help me make this. He even broke out his new camera he got for his birthday a few days before, and he had to take food pictures just like mama. I'm sure he's going to make some woman very happy one day! The lemonade was a cinch to make, especially if you have seedless watermelon. I did stray from the simple syrup and used Splenda, but other than that, I stayed true to the recipe and it stayed true to me. It was very delicious and very refreshing. Thing Two was very proud of the lemonade HE made, and he even wanted me to take a picture of him drinking it, just to sum up his experience. I smell a future food blogger!

Watermelon Lemonade
Serves 1 (quadruple recipe to fill small pitcher)

1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh watermelon puree, strained through a coarse strainer to remove seeds
3 tablespoons simple syrup**
3/4 cup cold water

Stir all ingredients together and serve over ice. Garnish with a thin watermelon or lemon wedge, if you're feeling fancy.

**Simple syrup: Simmer one part water with one part sugar.

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